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Chelsea has strengthened its midfield options by signing 19-year-old Lesley Ugochukwu from French club Rennes for a reported 23.5 million pounds ($30 million).
Alex Telles joined the slew of soccer stars heading to Saudi Arabia by completing a move from Manchester United to Al-Nassr.
Saudi Arabian soccer champion Al-Ittihad has another high-profile French player to accompany Karim Benzema at the team next season.
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps knows most neutral fans want Argentina to win the World Cup final to give Lionel Messi the perfect send-off from soccer’s biggest tournament.
And it’s not escaping the attention of Thomas Tuchel, either.
SOUTHAMPTON, England (AP) — Chelsea squandered a lead to lose 2-1 at Southampton and continue its inconsistent start to the Premier League season on Tuesday.
A growing coronavirus outbreak among players and staff led to Liverpool’s English League Cup semifinal match against Arsenal being postponed, adding to the backlog in English football caused by the fast-spreading omicron variant.
A look at what’s happening in the English Premier League on Wednesday:


City manager Pep Guardiola might be ready to recall Phil Foden and Jack Grealish to the team after leaving them out of the last two starting lineups for disciplinary reasons.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Sunday:


Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea — the top three in the Premier League — all face away games to complete a truncated round because of COVID-19 outbreaks in many squads.
A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Saturday:



Defending champion France can book its place for Qatar if it beats last-placed Kazakhstan at home.